How Experiences Impact Early Brain Development

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This course reviews how our brains develop from an early age along with the impact of experiences, stress, and relationships on brain development. It also highlights how early care and learning providers can reduce the impact of toxic stress and support healthy brain development for the children in their care. The course also defines responsive caregiving and continuity of care and outlines real-life strategies you can take to support these practices in your care.

Clock Hours: 1

Counts Toward
  • Level 2 clock hours
  • Social Emotional training hours

Course Delivery Method
Online, self-paced course

After taking this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe how early experiences affect brain development from birth through age three
  • Explain how adverse early childhood experiences influence early childhood development
  • Describe how your relationship with young children influences their development
  • Explain what it means to be a responsive caregiver
  • Explain how a consistent and secure environment support brain connections in a young child
  • Explain how primary care giving and continuity of care strategies earn points in the QRIS


CGDL 4.1. Describes current research on the importance of early experiences in the development of the whole child, with particular emphasis on brain development. 
CGDL 11.1. Describes how attachment relates to the growth, development, and learning of young children and builds positive relationships with children in their care. Demonstrates an understanding of how attachment varies across different cultural contexts. 

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This course contains audio.

Last updated: April 8, 2019

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